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Hapag-Lloyd to pilot Cloud-based info-sharing system

Hapag-Lloyd is to begin a pilot programme to carry out the first real-world trials of the XVELA cloud-based vessel stowage and collaboration platform. Hapag-Lloyd is the first ocean carrier to sign on to the pilot.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}XVELA is a new company formed by Navis, part of Cargotec, which has been set up to manage the introduction of this cloud based system, which is based on the Navis PowerStow vessel stowage application.

The new XVELA platform is used to allow carriers and terminals to work together on the vessel stowage planning and execution process, using cloud-based collaboration and real time information-sharing to improve efficiency.

“The more transparency there is throughout the transport chain, the more efficiently everyone involved can make plans for and employ their assets and resources,” said Jörn Springer, head of Hapag-Lloyd’s Fleet Support Centre.

“We anticipate that this new software will give us important operative advantages. Cloud-based solutions such as XVELA can provide us with real-time data, making it possible for us to considerably improve the exchange of information with terminals. So we’re excited about the pilot test and the advantages it can open up to us.”

XVELA’S wider global pilot programme will look to bring in further participating ocean carriers and terminal operators to provide feedback on the platform and weigh in on new functionality and features as they are being developed.

“Hapag-Lloyd is one of the most innovative carriers in the industry, so it is no surprise that they are the first to step up to take part in our global pilot programme, and we are pleased to have them on board,” said Christopher Mazza, vice president and chief customer officer, XVELA.

“As an ocean carrier, Hapag-Lloyd understands that collaboration with terminals is essential to improving their operational efficiency and effectively managing their stowage planning and execution, and we are looking forward to demonstrating the value of the XVELA platform to that end in this pilot programme.”

“By engaging directly with the end users of XVELA, we gain valuable feedback that will allow us to create the best solution possible, and the users gain a voice in the ongoing development of a new technology. This is not the traditional way software has been developed in this industry, but at XVELA, we believe it’s a better way. Having this two-way communication with our customers is vital to developing a solution that will not only be embraced by both ocean carriers and terminal operators, but will also catalyse a much-needed shift in the way the two work together.”{/mprestriction}

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